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Five key questions from the JSWEC debate on social work’s future

Five key questions from the JSWEC debate on social work’s future. An impassioned discussion at the Joint Social Work Education Conference raised plenty of questions for the profession.

1. Where is the user voice?

Hugh McLaughlin, professor of social work at Manchester Metropolitan University, said that the social work sector needed to stand up more [...]

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£20m education boost for adopted children

£20m education boost for adopted children

Extension of the Pupil Premium scheme is set to help an extra 10,000 pupils and be worth around £1,900 for each student

All children adopted from care will be the beneficiaries of a £20m Pupil Premium fund designed to bridge the performance gap between adopted children and their peers.

The extension of [...]

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Call for councils to improve childcare provision for disadvantaged families

Call for councils to improve childcare provision for disadvantaged families.

Local authorities need to do more to ensure there is sufficient childcare provision for disadvantaged families in their area, a report by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has concluded.

A CAB study of early years provision in 16 council areas of England found that childcare options for [...]

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Plan to entice 35,000 social workers

College of Social Work sets out three-year plan to entice 35,000 social workers to become members

The College of Social Work says it aims to have 35,000 members and be financially independent of government by the end of 2017.

The college’s draft strategy for 2014-2017 says the organisation, which currently has 13,590 members, hopes [...]

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Voice of the Child Conference

Speaking at the annual Voice of the Child Conference Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes yesterday outlined the Government’s commitment to children having a greater voice in the family courts.

The Minister said:

“Children and young people must by law have their views heard before decisions are made about their future, and where decisions are made that will [...]

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Social work is a human rights discipline

Social work is a human rights discipline, IFSW president speaks up for the profession

Ruth Stark, the new president of the International Federation of Social Workers, has big plans for a global social work community.

“Social work is a human rights discipline. It’s not just an element of it- it is the core principle.” [...]

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73% fall of children in custody


There has been a 73 per cent fall in the number of children in custody over the last 10 years, according to research.
There were 4,208 fewer custodial sentences handed out in 2018 than there was a decade ago – a fall of 73 per cent, the analysis by crime and justice specialists Crest has [...]

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Ofsted reports


A summary of the Ofsted reports of children's services published during November.
Norfolk transforms ‘front door’ arrangements
The ‘front door’ of Norfolk children’s services has been completely transformed since the last Ofsted inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in November 2017.
A focused visit [...]

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Charity launches General Election campaign to raise awareness about kinship care


The Family Rights Group has launched a campaign urging people to raise awareness of kinship care ahead of the General Election.
The FRG highlights that around 200,000 children in the UK are being raised by kinship carers including grandparents, older siblings, other relatives or friends, and largely due to tragedy or trauma.
These children are [...]

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